The HGMS leverages its extensive earth science resources to teach almost all of the requirements for the Boy Scout Geology Merit Badge at our Annual Show. Some badge options require field work which are not included because the program is contained within our show. We teach general geology and basic rock types, properties of minerals and fossils, the economic uses of minerals, types of geoscience careers and requirements to enter this profession, and we start the Scout on acquiring their mineral/fossil collection (the remainder can easily be obtained at the show).
The Girl Scouts and Webelos both have earth science patches, pins and/or belt loops. The Girl Scout patch was created by the HGMS Education Committee; patches can be purchased for $1.50 after completing the program. Both the Girl Scout and Webelos requirements are met and exceeded by the Boy Scout Geology Merit Badge, thus this program is all-inclusive of other Scout groups.
However, for the Scout to be able to understand the material taught, we request that they be in or have completed 5th grade, at which time public school curricula includes basic earth science. This means this material is not appropriate for younger Cub Scouts and Brownie Girl Scouts.
Download our flier: Scout Geology Merit Badge flier 2017